Car Battery Start Cranking Amps

Cold Cranking Amps in Car Batteries

After a few battery jump starts in a row you should realize, that that 5 year old battery under your hood gave out all the juice it could. It is time to replace your car battery. There are couple battery measurements, that tell you what kind and what type of battery you need for your car.

Taking your car to the dealer is the easiest option. Dealer will install new battery according to your manufacturers recommendation. Most oem batteries come with 36 month warranty, and bear minimum number of cranking amps needed to turn over the engine. 
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How hard is to change car battery?

Do it yourselfers will go to the closest auto parts store and get a battery there. For most vehicles, battery installation is not a complicated task. There are couple battery measurement you need to know and understand when purchasing car battery on your own. 
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CCA cold cranking amps is a number that tells you how much power battery can output in cold weather ( number of amps a battery can deliver at 0 ° F for 30 seconds). As an example for small engine line 4 cylinder Honda Civic 225 CCA is plenty to start the engine in cold weather. But for larger vehicle with bigger engines you need larger capacity battery. Some diesel engine use 550 CCA batteries. Dodge Ram with diesel engine caries two 625 CCA batteries under hood.
  
All car batteries are 12 volt batteries. Size, shape and capacity will vary from vehicle to vehicle. Most motorcycle use 12v batteries as well. 
Different battery types are used in specific applications like automotive, marine or energy storage. For more specific information about automotive and other types of batteries please visit this Basic Battery Guide.
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Lead flooded batteries and maintenance free sealed batteries.

Most common types of batteries are sealed maintenance free and lead flooded batteries. Different types are chosen depending on the application and location. Sealed batteries does not leak harmful fumes and can be installed in the same area where passengers are seated.

San Diego battery jump start service also jump start for hybrid vehicles and commercial trucks.